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The federal cabinet followed Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks' recommendation and adopted the new ordinance on surface waters. updating and harmonising important provisions regarding the assessment and harmonisation of the status of water bodies. The requirements for categorising a water body as having a good status, which is at the heart of water pollution control, are now harmonised across Europe. more

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The countries of the Danube river basin agreed in Vienna on joint steps to protect the Danube. At a conference of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), representatives of 14 states agreed on management and flood-prevention plans for the entire Danube river basin. Gunther Adler, State Secretary for Building and the Environment, took part on behalf of the German government. more

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At the invitation of Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands, the Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention met in Paris on 15 and 16 September 2015. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, as it is officially called, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997. However, it did not enter into force until August 2014 when the 35th Party, Viet Nam, ratified the treaty.  more

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State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Gunther Adler, spoke about challenges related to water resources, food security and environmental protection at the German Water Partnership Forum. The forum took place as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli relations. more

The G7 countries are developing an action plan to combat marine litter. At a workshop in Berlin from 3 to 5 August at the invitation of the BMUB, practical measures are discussed to reduce waste from land- and sea-based sources as well as to remove the existing waste. Today, there are an estimated 100 to 142 million tonnes of waste in our oceans, up to 10 million tonnes are added to this each year. more

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